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CL Smooth
American Me

The comeback trail can be a slippery slope to climb, even for the most revered rap veteran. So when a largely underappreciated lyricist such as CL Smooth attempts a full-fledged return with his first solo effort, American Me, the chances ...

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Gettin’ some AIDS

Does anyone else find it ironic that Cassie's "Me & U" is reaching the peak of its popularity at a time when some pretty nasty statistics are coming out with regard to AIDS in the black community, especially among black ...

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October 2006

Cover Story "Long Time Coming" In the last 10 years, ’Pac has become more famous and popular than when he was alive. Records, books, movies, collabos, murals and eBay auctions intensify the love for Afeni’s son. Now, XXL has created the definitive ...

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Editorial
Be Somebody

This issue marks seven years for me at XXL. Wow, I never thought a Y.Y.E. (Young Yellow Entrepreneur) would be working at one place for this long. It’s a testament to my relationship with the powers that be, who have ...

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2Pac
Cross That Line

I know the question y’all asking yourselves: Why did XXL put Tupac on the cover again? Well, it’s the 10th year of the anniversary of his death, stupid. And our ’Pac covers have always done their numbers. I even sold ...

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The Roots
The Paybacks

Black Thought is feeling the heat. Not because the midday sun is baking through the windows of his Los Angeles apartment, not because he can’t find a lighter for the freshly rolled blunt he’s holding in his hand, but because ...

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Too $hort
Still Fly

Too $hort has turned his back on the game. Sitting in a restaurant in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, he turns toward the flat-screen television above the bar, glances at the opening round of the World Cup match between France and Switzerland, ...

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360
Give ’Em What They Want

It’s not basketball season yet, but XXL has a major case of fourth-quarter fever. If the 2006 rap game was a hoop game, it would be characterized by one thing—bricks. Of the major hip-hop releases this year—from stalwarts like Mobb ...

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Show & Prove
D.G. Yola

Labels hardly ever discover and develop talent anymore. These days, the majors only come knocking once you have a fully functioning movement in place with independent sales that push past five figures. Nineteen-year-old Mario Talley, a.k.a. D.G. Yola, is the ...

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